The capital city of Mauritius – Port Louis – is alive with activity during the day and full of cultural and historical places to visit. Here are just a few of the things tourists can experience in this lively capital city.
The Caudan Waterfront
The Caudan Waterfront is a must for those looking for top designer brands at bargain prices. At this bustling lively seafront, visitors will find numerous restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines. Take a visit to the artisanal shops and the only library in Caudan, then browse through the contents of the shelves where one is likely to find a treasure of Mauritian art and literature.
The Champ de Mars
From March to December, this is the ideal place to witness lively horse races during the weekends. It is a very popular activity in Mauritius, and a family venue where a colorful and friendly crowd celebrates each race on the race course.
Museum of Photography
At this unique Museum of Photography, visitors will travel through time with the cameras and thousands of photos passionately collected by photographer Tristan Breville.
Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre
The Rajiv Gandhi Centre is both a leisure park and a fun scientific track located on the outskirts of Port Louis. Children and youngsters will be able to participate in different exhibits and activities. The goal is to show children in a fun way the basic principles of mechanics, and the physics of sound, light, and waves.
China Town the perfect place to see shops and restaurants owned by Sino-Mauritians. Once a year a “Food Festival” is organized there to discover the wonders of the cuisine originating from China. It is a great place to get excellent deals, tasty food, and traditional Chinese medicines.
The main square of Plaine Verte is loved by tourists. Try the Mauritian “gato piman” and other Indian and Muslim cakes, drinks. and food on offer.
A passage through time
There are numerous historical sites in Port Louis and discovering them is like a treasure hunt.
Take a walk through the neighborhoods to see the old Colonial houses and the “Casernes centrales” where the police headquarters are located. If one looks closely at the outside walls surrounding the line barracks, you will notice a wrought iron in the shape of an “S” which was the sign of the French governor, Labourdonnais, who initiated its construction in the early mid-eighteenth century.
The same sign can be seen on the oldest remaining wall in front of the “Grenier” (formerly the loft of Mauritius, but today a parking area), near the Windmill Museum at Caudan Waterfront, on the remains of the coral that once partially surrounded the sea in the port. There, visitors are transported back in time as they take shelter in the shade of the city’s few remaining rare trees while the children play on the Astrolabe.